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Colombia: UN Mission, Government and FARC to start joint ceasefire monitoring and verification

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Bogotá, November 4 –  The tripartite Mechanism coordinated by the UN Mission, with the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), will begin to monitor and verify the ceasefire and cessation of hostilities on Monday, 7 November.

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The joint Monitoring and Verification Mechanism will gradually begin its work based in eight regional offices, as the separation of forces will take place in temporary locations throughout the country.

"I wish to highlight that I witness the commitment from the parties every day; this gives us confidence, tranquility and the certainty that this peace process will come to fruition," said General Perez Aquino, head of the UN Mission´s international observers, during the first press conference held with the joint Mechanism representatives.

Both the Government and the FARC-EP reiterated their commitment to maintain the ceasefire.

Admiral Orlando Romero, Government of Colombia representative in the Mechanism, explained that all parts are “clear about the commitments to the rules governing the ceasefire and to the population’s rights, under the ceasefire’s framework.”

Marco León Calarcá, FARC-EP representative in the Mechanism, said that "it is time to reiterate the commitment of the FARC-EP to the bilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities as a foundation for the stable peace that we need to achieve.” He also explained that more than 300 of his men and women were trained as members of the tripartite Mechanism.

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To enable the ceasefire monitoring and verification the guerrillas are moving to temporary locations, also to ensure the safety of the civilian population and of FARC-EP and Public Force members. During the press conference the parties stressed that any citizen can file complaints or concerns directly to the joint Monitoring and Verification Mechanism.

General Pérez Aquino hailed the Security Council´s – and the international community’s – support to the peace process and stressed the importance of reaching a final peace agreement in the near future. He also clarified that the UN Mission has no deadline to stay in the country and will continue to work in Colombia as long as there is a request from the parties.

Finally, Government of Colombia and FARC-EP officials thanked the support from the International Committee of the Red Cross to the process.


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Photos: flickr.com/MisionONUCol

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